This page has been specially tailored to parents and carers so you can understand and feel involved with all aspects of your child’s careers education.

Year 9Year 11
In Year 9 students have to make their decisions on which GCSEs or BTECs to take in Years 10 & 11.

Their first opportunity to think about what subjects they enjoy, what their learning preferences are leading to their first career step.

Your child will have:
· An options assembly to explain the pathways and introduce the subject options
· Subject assemblies; each department gets to introduce their subjects and their GCSE content
· An opportunity to speak to each subject teacher about their subject

The Pathways:
· Baccalaureate Pathway: The English Baccalaureate was introduced by the government and is achieved by studying a combination of core subjects and additional option subjects which are considered to be key academic courses. For this pathway the student must include a language and a humanities subject in their four subject selection.
· General Pathway: Must pick one subject from Languages, Geography, History, Computer Science, and Separate Sciences. Plus three other subjects.

In the spring term there is an Options Evening to help inform student decisions.
In Year 11 students have the opportunity to move onto something that will start directing them towards their higher education aspirations/career.

Whilst starting to revise and study for their GCSEs, all students must apply for a college placement – even those that are keen to gain an apprenticeship, just in case they are not successful in securing one by the following September. Children have to participate in at least some education up to the age of 18.

Your child must decide between:
· College; A-Level, T-Level, BTEC, Vocational Course
· Training; Apprenticeship, Traineeship, Supported internship
· Full-time employment with part-time study; e.g. joining the Army

Your child will pick their options through

In the Autumn term there is a Careers Evening to help inform student decisions.

For more information on Post-16 options visit:

From more information on Apprenticeships visit:

Types of Qualifications

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting new 8-part podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance.


About the podcast:
Parents and carers are one of the biggest influencers on a young person making their career decisions.

Together with Not Going to Uni, we want to make sure that we are supporting parents to feel informed and confident in providing careers support and guidance to their child, so that they ultimately make the best decisions for them.

This podcast will provide a space for listeners to:

Explore which careers are available today
Showcase the experiences of interesting and diverse role models
Provide real-time insights into how the world of work is changing
…all through a parents’ perspective.

Each episode will feature a panel of diverse parents, bringing their questions and insights to expert speakers to try to tackle and offer practical solutions to some of the challenges parents currently face in supporting their children to make informed decisions.

Online Resources

Click on the website name to follow a link to the direct webpage.

The Parents Guide
The Parents Guide provides parents and carers with a range of free resources filled with all the information they need at GCSE and sixth form to help their teenage children create successful futures.

Target Jobs

Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide

Get advice aimed at parents on careers, university and school leaver programmes such as higher apprenticeships and sponsored degrees. The guide is for you whatever your child wants to do after their A levels.



Youth Employment UK    Careers Advice for Parents

What does your child need to know in terms of education, training, and work?

As a parent you are expected to have all the answers, but in a constantly evolving world it can be a struggle to keep up with the latest options out there. Are apprenticeships right for your child? Should they be considering BTECs or T levels? And how can you guide your child to make choices at GCSE and A Level that will set them up for a brighter future?

Here at Youth Employment UK we provide expert careers advice for parents who want to help their child understand and explore their next steps.

Whatever you need, we’re here to help you help your child in thinking about their career and future options.

 Amazing Apprenticeships
We have created a full range of resources to help support parents through these unprecedented times.

Parents can access current and past editions of our specialist Parents’ Pack, filled with the latest advice and guidance, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Success at School
Success at School has a Parents & Carers Zone filled with information and various articles on everything from studying to careers.

A collection of resources to support parents / carers on finding out more about careers in STEM.

Dove Uniquely Me Parent Guide
Made up of a series of articles covering key topics that affect self-esteem, each article starts out with an introduction to a theme and why it is relevant. Then, to help guide parents in making practical changes, we’ve pulled together an action checklist full of body confidence-boosting ideas from our self-esteem experts. Finally, we have added a “Let’s Get Started” section, to give parents some ways to start the conversation today.

Useful Links on Our School Website:

We have three dedicated Google Classrooms; KS3 Careers, KS4 Careers and Post-16 Careers which has a variety of information posted on a daily basis, including live apprenticeships.  You can access the appropriate classroom through Smart Parents. If you don’t have this already set up, please email to request the association credentials and sign up instructions.

Throughout your child’s journey with us they will have numerous opportunities to get involved with careers events inside and outside of school. We have some big events throughout the academic year including National Apprenticeship Week (February) and National Careers Week (March).

Hayley Dymond, Careers Advisor
T: 0116 2879921 ext 295